This silent German educational film shows the roles played by pilots, radiomen and gunners in the service of the German Luftwaffe. Although banned from producing aircraft and training pilots in large numbers by the Treaty of Versailles, Hitler's Germany quickly began to assemble an air force and made great strides in aviation technology. This film uniquely shows some of the training of the men recruited for the Luftwaffe, and was doubtless used in German schools to foster an interest in the... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Luftwaffe, Adolf Hitler, hermann Goring
This silent, German educational film shows the construction of a Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann, a two-seat, single-engine aerobatic monoplane aircraft built by Bücker Flugzeugbau GmbH in Rangsdorf, near Berlin and extensively used by the Luftwaffe in World War II.The Bücker Bü 181 was named Bestmann after a German maritime term designating a member of the deck crew on coastal or fishing vessels. The prototype Bü 181 (D-ERBV) made its maiden flight in February 1939 with Chief Pilot Arthur... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Bücker Flugzeugbau, BU 181 Bestmann, Rangsdorf, Bucker BU 131, Luftwaffe, Aircraft
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The Burlington Route, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific Railroads produced this tourism promotional film in the 1950's to highlight the California Zephyr luxury train, running between Chicago and San Francisco. The California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Western Pacific railroads, all which dubbed it "the most talked about train in America" on... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: railroad, train, California, locomotive, transportation
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This Kriegsmarine film shows the cruise of the German warships Gneisenau and Blucher in the North Atlantic in 1939 and 1940. These two ships were to be part of what Adolph Hitler hoped would be a new German Navy that would challenge Britain's mastery of the sea. The cruiser Blucher would be sunk just a short time after the film was made, in 1940 during the invasion of Norway. The... ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Made in 1966, this rarely seen documentary "Today, Tomorrow and Titan III" shows the U.S. Air Force and NASA's activities and research. The Manned Orbiting Laboratory space station concept, put forward as part of an initiative to militarize space under the auspices of the USAF, is touched upon. Research efforts with lifting bodies (which might be used to resupply the MOL) including the M2-F1 and high speed aircraft including the X-15 rocket plane are shown at Edwards Air Force Base... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Manned Orbiting Laboratory, NASA, NASA Drydena, North American X-15, Lifting Body, Rocket plane
Dating to the 1960s, this IBM produced film tells the story of the George D. Roper Corporation, a manufacturer of gas and electric stoves, and how its business was transformed by high tech data management. The film features IBM's Clyde Janson, who helped install IBM's 402 and 602 computers at Roper in 1958. Also shown are O56 Verifiers and O52 Keypunch, 557 interpreter, 519 reproducer, O83 and O84 sorter, and O88 Collator, and the processing system. The computer being used is the 1401,... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: IBM, History Of Computing, Computers, Data Processing, Data, Technology, Punch Cards, Punch Card...
A scenic cruise along the Hudson and the East River in New York is used to discuss the history of the U.S. Navy, from its earliest era to the present. Features footage of the SS United States, RMS Queen Mary, the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. Also contains shots of the fighting ship USS Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides". ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
A history of the early days of Naval aviation, Wings of the Fleet was made in the mid-1920s. Includes footage of the battleship USS Texas as it became the first warship to launch an aircraft in 1919, early blimp and dirigible tests, and experiments with amphibious aircraft. Some of the craft shown include the dirigible ZR-1, the Shenandoah, the Los Angeles, and the C-7. Seaplanes featured include the PN-9 and the record-breaking NC-4. Various famous aviators are in the film include speed record... ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
This movie is about the USS Tunny (SS-282) and the procedure she helped pioneer -- firing the Regulus missile. The Regulus was the world's first nuclear cruise missile, and a stop-gap weapon that served the Navy until the arrival of the Polaris weapon system. The Gato-class USS Tunny served three years in the Pacific during WWII, and was brought back into service in 1953 to assist in the development of the Regulus missile system. The U.S. strategy at this time, was to prevent an all out nuclear... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
Profiles the role of the U.S. Navy's hardhat divers, and shows the various systems used to support their operations. This film includes footage of re-compression chambers and diver support equipment. The special men of honor who served as the Navy's hardhat divers during WWII salvaged lost equipment, repaired ships at sea and in the harbor, and served in many other important capacities. ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Made in 1942 and shot in color, "The Battle of Midway" is John Ford's masterpiece of documentary filmmaking. Featuring voice overs by Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell, the film includes material shot by Ford himself during the Japanese bombardment of Midway. John Ford's handheld, 16mm footage of the battle was captured totally impromptu. He had been in transit on the island, roused from his bunk by the sounds of the battle, picked up his camera and began shooting. Ford was... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Made in 1944 and shot in color, The Fighting Lady is a documentary / propaganda film produced by Twentieth Century Fox for the U.S. Navy. The plot of the film revolves around the life of seamen on board the second USS Yorktown (CV-10) - "the Fighting Lady". The film includes footage of combat in the Marcus Islands, the attack on Truk in the Carolines,and the famous Marianas 'turkey shoot'. Directed by Edward Stiechen and narrated by Charles Boyer and Robert Taylor. ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
This German propaganda newsreel was part of a a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII. This film celebrates the launching of Germany's new navy, including the super battleship Bismarck in 1939 and a never-completed aircraft carrier, the Graf Zeppelin in 1938. Grand Admiral Erich Raeder and Adolph Hitler can be seen at the christening of Graf Zeppelin at Kiel. Also featured in this newsreel is footage of the construction of U-boats and the launch of a completed boat. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Newsreel.
This 1945 Technicolor film was shown to Navy veterans in the aftermath of WWII. Intended to refocus the men who had lived through such horror, and who had trained to live by the sword, the film attempts to remind the viewer of the goals achieved by the conflict. This film may owe its existence to a very real fear that returning veterans would not be able to re-integrate into society; but such worries proved groundless. James Vincent Forrestal, the last Cabinet-level United States Secretary of... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37. ( 3 reviews ) Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
Made to promote flight deck safety, this Vietnam era film features footage shot aboard USS Forrestal (CVA-59). It was made in 1967, the same year that the ship suffered a terrible fire that cost 134 lives. It is unclear whether the film predates the fire, or was made in its wake. The USS Forrestal (CV-59) superseded Shinano of World War II vintage as the largest aircraft carrier ever built by full load displacement and was the first to specifically support jet aircraft. The ship was... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. In this film, the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. Shows naval actions in World War I (WWI), including the German High Fleet engaging the British Royal Navy at Jutland. Contains actual combat footage of German warships firing upon and sinking a British battlecruiser which then capsizes. Footage also includes Zebrugge, Scapa Flow and Firth of Forth. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: World War I (WWI) German Newsreel.
This historic U.S. Navy film was made in the wake of the disastrous air attack and fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin in 1945, specifically to provide naval ship architects insight into the structural damage endured by the ship during the incident. According to a truncated card at the head of the film, this forensic examination of the damage was made in hopes that future carriers might be made more resistant to damage. USS Franklin (CV/CVA/CVS-13, AVT-8), nicknamed "Big... Topics: USS Franklin, United States Navy, 1945, USS Franklin CV-13, Kobe Harbor, Torpedo Bomber, Japan,...
Created in the 1950s, this animated film describes the Civil Defense Emergency Hospitals, later renamed Civil Defense Packaged Disaster Hospitals. These were 200 bed mobile hospitals based on the military's Mobile Army Surgeons Hospitals or MASH units. The CD hospitals were equipped with supplies for 30 days of operations. In June 1956, the Federal Civil Defense Authority announced a new program for distribution of civil defense emergency hospitals. The objective was to store these 200-bed... Topics: Animation, Nuclear Attack, War, Cold War, Medical Care, Nuclear Weapon, Film, United States Civil...
One of the War Department's Army / Navy Screen Magazine newsreels, this film was shown to U.S. servicemen and war workers. Segments include STRICTLY FOR ESKIMOS which shows G.I.s in Iceland adjusting to life in the harsh arctic climate. The light hearted BLESSED EVENT tells how the U.S. Government arranges medical services for the pregnant wives of servicemen. These maternity services were provided by Uncle Sam for enlisted men at no cost.This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC... Topics: Iceland, World War II, U.S. Navy, Pregnancy, Maternity Services, Newsreel, United States Army
Coastal Command is a 1942 film originally made by the Crown Film Unit for the Ministry of Information. Two versions of the film are known to exist -- the original British version and this one, which was released by the War Department in the United States. The U.S. version is more or less the same movie, only slightly shorter. It was also originally released in the USA with War Department identification numbers.This fascinating movie, distributed by RKO, dramatised the work of RAF Coastal... Topics: Battle of Antlantic, Flying boats, PBY, Sunderland flying boat, United Kindom, World War 2, Coastal...
Silent highlight reel shows Boeing Vertol's helicopters in action including the 107, now known as the Sea Knight in military configuration, and the CH-47 Chinook. A demonstration is shown of the CH-47's amphibious capability, and various configurations of helicopters are shown. Flights of New York Airways helicopters from the roof of the Pan Am building in downtown Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport are also shown (5:30 mark). In May 1957 Frank Piasecki and his Vertol design team began work... Topics: Boeing Ch-47 Chinook, Boeing Rotorcraft System, U.S. Navy Seals, Boeing Vertal CH-46 Sea Knight,...
Produced in 1945, this newsreel shows the invasion of Okinawa by U.S. Marines and the desperate battle that followed. The second half of the film documents the fate of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, which was hit by a kamikaze fifty miles off the coast of Japan and severely damaged. 800 of its complement were killed. The epic battle to save the ship was one of the most courageous moments in the history of the U.S. Navy during WWII.The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, was... Topics: newsreel, WWII, Okinawa, Pacific, Japan, United States, U.S. Navy, Ryukus, USS Franklin, kamikaze
Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis. This episode of Crusade in the Pacific looks at U.S. and British interests in the Pacific prior to World War II including... Topics: Awakening In The pacific, Crusade In The Pacific, World War II, Japan, WWII, Southwast Asia, Japan,...
Produced in the 1960s by Pan Am Airlines, this wonderful travelogue of Brazil shows the country at the dawn of the jet age. The journey begins in Rio De Janeiro, "the most beautiful city in South America." Many sights are seen in the downtown including the Pan American World Airways offices, the famous beaches, and the famous cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf mountain. The agricultural and fishing industries of the nation are also seen, including the coffee industry. Modern... Topics: Pan Am Airlines, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Sugar Loaf, Cable Car, Samba, Amazon River, Recife, Sao...
EYES OF THE FLEET tells the story of the U.S. Navy's Composite Photo Squadron VC-61 at Miramar Naval Air Station. Made in the year 1953, the film shows the unit operating Grumman F9F Panthers in Korea off the carrier USS Boxer. Their operations are to fly reconnaissance missions behind enemy lines, and guide strikes by AH-1 Skyraiders and other aircraft. The film presents fascinating color images of the war in Korea including air strikes on enemy bridges and other positions.This film is... Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Navy, Miramar, Miramar Naval Air Station, Photo...
Dating from the late 1960s, this U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command produced film profiles the command and control systems developed for national defense, including the early versions of the 465L / SACCS system. The film includes shots of various mainframe computers and communications equipment, including integrated networks that helped foment what we now know as the Internet. The film contains some fascinating images including shots of communications centers, top secret documents, early... Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, U.S. Air Force, War, Command And Control, Computers, Electronics,...
Created in the 1960s as the helicopter came into maturity as a transportation method, this fascinating Sikorsky film promotes the use of 'copters to supplement the transportation system and use the broad highway in the sky -- to reduce traffic congestion on the highways and eliminate gaps in efficiency. Chicago and Honolulu are shown -- where helicopters perform critical taxi service -- as well as cities in Europe where helicopters have been employed with great success. A large portion of the... Topics: Disney, Los Angeles, helicopter, IBM 402 Computer
Created by the USAF in 1972, "Who Has Touched the Sky?" is one of the most famous recruiting films of all time. The inspirational film discards conventional narration for sweeping imagery and shots of airmen at work. From PT and the T-41 to the Link trainer, the T-37 and T-38, this movie was filmed at Laredo AFB in 1972 and culminates with a breathtaking T-38 training flight, formation and single ship, with the song, "Who Has Touched the Sky" in the background. This... Topics: Air Force United States Air Force, Recruiting Film, Cold War, Northrop T-38, FIlm
This historic, silent German educational film shows physical training of members of the Arbeitsdienft or "Labor Service".The Reichsarbeitsdienst (translated to 'Reich Labour Service', abbreviated RAD) was a major organisation established by Nazi Germany as an agency to help mitigate the effects of unemployment on German economy, militarise the workforce and indoctrinate it with Nazi ideology. It was the official state labor service, divided into separate sections for men and... Topics: World War II, Labor Servcice, Labor Service
Created by Air France in the 1950s, "Flight to Immortal Rome" was directed by the talented Andre de la Varre. The film features a flight to Rome on a Lockheed Constellation (seen at the 5:40 minute mark) and a tour of the ancient and modern city. Some of the sights include the Castle of St. Angelo, Roman Coliseum, Arch of Constantine, the Forum, St. Peter's, the Vatican, Capitoline Hill, the Pantheon, and much more.Air France (formally Société Air France, S.A.), stylised as... Topics: Air France, Rome, Italy, Travelogue, Lockheed Constalation, Rome Airport, Vatican City, The Pantheon
This Pan Am Airlines travelogue film "So Small Island" takes viewers on a trip to Japan aboard a Boeing 707 in the 1960s, and shows the "old" Japan of tradition and the "new" modern Japan. It includes a great deal of footage shot in Tokyo and vicinity. There are terrific street scenes of downtown, shopping districts, and the people of Japan. Also seen in the film are images of rural Japan, and the scenic beauty of the home islands as a tourist might have... Topics: Airline, Pan American World Airline, Japan, Mount Fuji, Tokyo, Boeing 707, Narita International...
1966, this rarely seen documentary "Today, Tomorrow and Titan III" shows the U.S. Air Force and NASA's activities and research. The Manned Orbiting Laboratory space station concept, put forward as part of an initiative to militarize space under the auspices of the USAF, is touched upon. Research efforts with lifting bodies (which might be used to resupply the MOL) including the M2-F1 and high speed aircraft including the X-15 rocket plane are shown at Edwards Air Force Base and the... Topics: Manned Orbiting Laboratory, paragliding, Lifting Body, NASA, NASA Dryden, North American X-15, M2-51
Mohawk, and Niagara type steam locomotives, including the famous passenger trains the "20th Century Limited", "Commodore Vanderbilt" and "Pacemaker". Also featured are day-to-day operations with Pacemaker freights. Freight train operations are also shown, along with many behind the scenes glimpses of railroad activities that help show what was required to keep the NYC operating day and night. The film clearly demonstrates the railroad's involvement in the... Topics: New York City, train, Rail transport, Steam Locomotive, New York Central Railroad
Created in the year 1952 by the Bell Telephone Company, "Modern Minute Men" is a Civil Defense film that looks at communications in the event of an atomic war, and the "modern minute men" who will sound the alarm like Paul Revere. The movie takes place in Ohio -- a seemingly unlikely place for a Soviet nuclear strike but a significant target nonetheless due to its industrial centers and military bases. Concluding the film, then governor of Ohio Frank J. Lausche... Topics: Atomic Bomb, Civil Defense, Early Warning, Air Raid, Nuclear War, Nuclear Weapon, Civil Defense,...
In 1958, Pan Am Airlines inaugurated a new service to London from the USA: Flight 1000. This was the first jet airline service to Europe by Pan Am. This film commemorates that flight and the preparations which led up to it. Features a Boeing 707 aircraft which, it is noted, has a longer wing span than the entire distance of the Wright Bros. first flight. The "Jet Age" had truly arrived.This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military,... Topics: Pan Am, 707, Jet Age, Boeing Aircraft, stewardess, transatlantic, jet, passenger plane
Created in 1950, this U.S. Air Force sponsored film was created to allay the American public's fears about nuclear radiation. Using animation to explain the various types of nuclear radiation and exposure, the film purports to give scientific insights into the effects of radiation exposure. In the light of more current science, the film seems woefully incomplete and misleading. Topics: Nuclear Physics, Radiation, Civil defense, Acute Radiation, Nuclear Weapons, Cold War, Mutation
The RGM-15 was more commonly known as the Regulus II, was an air-breathing, nuclear capable cruise missile that began development in 1957. This film, made by manufacturer Chance Vought, chronicles the testing and development of the supersonic, jet powered missile at Edwards Air Force Base. It culminates in the one and only launch of the bird off of a submarine, the USS Grayback (SSG-574) in 1958. This film also shows some of the amazing JATO launches of the missile, and the remote control... Topic: Financing Procurement Film
Shows the 1958 voyage of the world's first nuclear powered submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) under the North Pole. This historic voyage, known as Operation Sunshine, heralded a new stage of the Cold War, in which Soviet and American submarines would vie for control of the strategically critical polar regions. Produced by Sperry Autonetics, whose top secret inertial guidance system allowed Nautilus to make the voyage. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Contains footage of the DSRV-2, Avalon submarine deep sea rescue vehicle. Includes launching footage, and a demonstration of how the vehicle could be carried in a cargo aircraft to any ocean in the world. One of two Mystic class rescue vehicles, Avalon was decommissioned in 2000. It could dive to up to 1500 meters. Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
This historic U.S. Navy film was made in the wake of the disastrous kamikaze attack and fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin in 1945, specifically to provide naval ship architects insight into the structural damage endured by the ship during the incident. According to a truncated card at the head of the film, this forensic examination of the damage was made in hopes that future carriers might be made more resistant to damage. USS Franklin (CV/CVA/CVS-13, AVT-8), nicknamed "Big... Topics: USS Franklin, Aircraft Carrier, Kamikaze, U.S. Navy, Honshu, Essex Class Aircraft Carrier, World...
Presented by the United States Air Force, this Vietnam era news review (likely from 1965) features various segments, including hand-to-hand combat training being given to Security Police being deployed to Southeast Asia. The training takes place at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Mail service for the troops in Vietnam is shown, with the Saigon Air Mail services being delivered by Pan Am aircraft and processed at Tan Son Hut. F-105 aircraft are shown returning from strikes against North... Topics: United States Air Force, Hand-to-hand Combat, Vietnam War, Lackland Air Force Base, Vietnam War,...
Made in 1941, this pre-WWII training film shows the use of the service gas mask in the field, including how to fit it snugly and check for leaks, as well as the handing of the shoulder bag in which it is carried. It appears the gas mask being demonstrated is the M2A1 Service Gas Mask. This was standardized in 1941, based on a successful training mask. The main innovation was the use of improved rubber instead of stockinet cloth on the faceplate.In 1939, the Army developed the lightweight M1... Topics: Gas Mask, World War II, United States Army, Training Film, War, M2 Gas Mask, M2A1 Gas Mask
Hosted by former Governor Frederic "Val" Peterson, the director of the Federal Civil Defense Administration, this 1954 film lecture explains simply and graphically the dangers of radioactive fallout. It also discusses the preventative measures that can be taken for individual protection against the bomb. During his tenure as director of the FCDA, Gov. Peterson dealt with a host of new challenges but the most pressing was the development of the hydrogen bomb in 1952 -- the same... Topics: Hydrogen, Thermonuclear Weapon, Fallout, Cold War, FAllout Shelter, Nuclear Attack
"The Story of Trains" presents the story of America's railroads as they appeared in the 1940s. This patriotic movie shows steam and diesel locomotives, as well as electric railroads and mining trains, to present the history of American railroading. It's full of fantastic images of railroad depots including Union Station in Los Angeles (at the 6:34 mark), turntables carrying massive freight locomotives, one of Southern Pacific's G-4 Locomotives 4443 pulling the Pacific Daylight,... Topics: History Of Rail transport, train, Vehicle, interview, Railroad, Rail Transport, Los Angeles Union...
The story of Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, home of the U.S.A.A.F. Material Command, and during WWII the largest aeronautical research center in the world. This WWII film shows the various ways Material Command assists in the design, production and testing of military aircraft and components. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base's origins begin with the establishment of Wilbur Wright Field on 22 May and McCook Field in November 1917, both established by the Army Air Service as World War I... Topics: Wilbur Wright Field, 1917, World War 2, USAF